Shawn McSweeny
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Latest Banjo Project
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I haven't been on site much for a while. As some may know, hand issues have reduced my practise time and playing proficiency.As a diversion - with little knowledge and even fewer skills - I began…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 13.

Ossman Plays “A Gay Gossoon”
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According to the 1910 census info posted by Marc recently, Ossman had some Irish on his…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 17, 2016.

Shufflin' Pete (1899) Ossman Arrangement

Shufflin’ Pete was written by pianist and composer Edwin F. Kendall in 1899. Ossman recorded…Continue

Started Mar 9, 2016

Ossman’s “A Southern Belle” Transcribed
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“A Southern Belle” was written by Max Eugene in 1903 and recorded by Ossman for American…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Mar 8, 2016.

 

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Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Minus the trade mark bow tie and dinner jacket, unfortunately. But I got the horns right."
Sep 13
thereallyniceman replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"It was also very nice of you to do a head sculpture of me on the heel of the English banjo ;-)"
Sep 13
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Figured you'd enjoy that one."
Sep 13
Trapdoor2 replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"I love that "Mariner's Banjo". The 'shark bite' heel is amazing!"
Sep 13
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Inspired by the whalebone banjo on exhibit in the whaling museum in New England (rock maple) :"
Sep 13
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"My take on an English banjo in the Tsumura Collection :"
Sep 13
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Boucher Double Ogee in curly maple : My take on the Sweeny banjo, in walnut :"
Sep 13
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Hi Par The narrow waisted headstock shape and triangle inlay theme are seen on a few early Fairbanks & Cole banjos in Bill Michal's collection. For photos, go here…"
Sep 12
Pär Engstrand replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Absolutely stunning banjo! I really like the shape of the headstock. Haven't seen that before (which doesn't say much...). Is it your own design? And really handsome inlays! Did you consider another tailpiece? Not that there's…"
Sep 12
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Coming from the man who has skillfully crafted the perfect classic banjo site, that is taken as high praise indeed. Many thanks."
Sep 12
thereallyniceman replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Did someone mention the word "Perfectionist"? Your artistic touch, skill and patience (oh, and photographic skills) amaze me. That is one beautiful banjo."
Sep 12
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"I keep in touch with Bill and will be sending him pics. It intonates well and is easy to play. The Electric style rim really enhances tone and projection. Standard luthier supply fbd. scale length of 26 3/16" (same as Gibson), places the bridge…"
Sep 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"I just looked at it again. Reminds me strongly of Mr. Wm. Talley's work. Balanced, tasteful. I'll bet she sings!"
Sep 12
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Marc & Joel : Thanks for the kind words."
Sep 11
Joel Hooks replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"That is stunning Shawn!"
Sep 11
Trapdoor2 replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"Lovely! I like the triangle inlays. Well done!!"
Sep 11

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At 2:50pm on February 19, 2014, thereallyniceman gave Shawn McSweeny a gift
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I would like to send Shawn all my thanks for the "LOAD" of work he has done and information and photos he has provided for the recent site upgrade. So everyone, let's give a BIG THANK YOU to Shawn!
At 4:39 on January 21, 2016, Peter LaBau said…

Hi Shawn- sorry to be slow to respond, I only check in here once in a while, all the while knowing I need to do it more frequently! Thanks so much for your note, and it's so nice to know that something I did affected you in a such a positive way. In answer to your question- yes, I have the banjo Doug did for me all those years ago- in fact, he did the banjo twice for me. Th original inlay patterns he did on the fingerboard had to be thrown away- the fret scale was off, and it never played in tune. As beautiful as it was, I had to replace the fingerboard, and in so doing I went from a flat board to a radiused one, which is what I have on all my instruments now. The flat inlays couldn't be moved over, so for the longest time, I had just the pear bars that descended from the nut, and the rest of the board was just blank. Two years ago, I sent the banjo neck back to Doug to have him add bars up at the top of the board, and add in some position markers in between. Here's what it looks like now:

 The pot is a 1910's Tubaphone- 11-1/2" diameter, and the neck is a 28" scale. I have another pot like this that I'm having Kevin Enoch make a new neck for- I'll use that one for raised "D" bass- I use two banjos when I perform- I find that retuning just one instrument never works out real well- the bass string keeps changing after changing pitches. You're Canandian, right? Toronto? It would be fun to meet up one day- I'll hope that might happen. All the best to you- Peter

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